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Embittered Antonio Brown attacks JuJu Smith-Schuster via social media

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Despite forcing his way out of Pittsburgh, it would appear that Antonio Brown can't let go of his former team

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown might well be in a new relationship with Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders, but it is clear that he still has not got over his ex after an unprovoked attack on JuJu Smith-Schuster on Sunday afternoon.

The day had began in relatively normal fashion for AB, posting an ambiguous that reeked of hypocrisy, but quickly turned nasty when the overwhelming response was not as supportive as he might have liked.

But of all the comments he received, there was one that seemed to trigger him more than most, sending him down a path that would perhaps reveal another of his reasons for wanting to leave Pittsburgh. Responding to a picture a fan tweeted at him honouring Smith-Schuster winning the Steelers 2018 MVP award, Brown failed to heed his own advice from a few hours earlier in the day when he let his emotions out all over the internet.

An unnecessary attack that Smith-Schuster could not ignore.

Brown has received an inordinate amount of support from the national media and fans of many NFL teams over his desire for a trade away from the “evil” Ben Roethlisberger and the “cruel” management style of Art Rooney II, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin, but needlessly attacking Smith-Schuster is unlikely to end well for him in the court of public opinion.

Enraged Steelers fans left Brown in no doubt who they supported and it should come as no surprise to note that many of the comments are far from safe for publication. Others were also quick to point out mistakes that AB had made that had cost Pittsburgh victory over the years. (h/t @jamesandjuju)

Lashing out at a player who has said nothing put positive things about Brown is not a good look, and at some point it has to be believed that the Raiders will be talking to their new star receiver about his unhinged outbursts towards his former team. But until that happens, it should be expected that this is not the last we have heard of AB this offseason.